Participatory media as part of digital literacy


Howard Rheingold has created a wiki for Participatory Media Literacy.

“Teaching young people how to use digital media to convey their public voices could link youthful interest in identity exploration and social interaction with direct experiences of civic engagement. Learning to use blogs, wikis, podcasts, and digital video as media of self-expression, with an emphasis on “public voice”, should be considered a pillar – not just a component – of 21st century civic curriculum”

I agree. A wiki for coming up with ideas on what such a curriculum could include is welcome. Some content that doesn’t fit the wiki format could perhaps be entered into LeMill?

I’m not sure if we need a separate curriculum for this, though. Maybe we just need to embed participatory media as a major part of all learning by introducing the tools and methods from the bottom-up. A lot of social tools are used in the spectrum of informal learning – major part (70-80% according to several different studies) of learning is informal. Is a top-down curriculum really necessary?

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